Diversifying the NHS Supply Chain

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Local businesses are encouraged to supply goods, works and services to local NHS Health Boards in partnership with the Supplier Development Programme.

Each region of Scotland has a Health Board with its own procurement department. Together, NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde (NHSGGC) and NHS Lanarkshire cover the eight local authority areas in the Glasgow City Region and represent almost 40% of Scotland’s total health board spend.

NHSGGC and NHS Lanarkshire want to encourage wider participation from all SMEs, and to further support small businesses understand the potential opportunities that are tendered by the NHS and their supply chains, demystifying that it is only medical or pharmaceutical requirements that they procure.

The Supplier Development Programme (SDP) is working with NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde (NHSGGC) and NHS Lanarkshire to deliver a project that is supported by the Health Foundation which will focus on increasing diversity within their supply chains, encouraging businesses led by, for, and with people with protected characteristics as defined by the Equalities Act Scotland & Fairer Scotland Duty to work with them.

SDP is a business support initiative supported by Scottish Government, all 32 Scottish local authorities, and other public bodies. SDP helps businesses that have little or no experience of public sector tendering and are often too small to have dedicated bid/tender resources to contemplate bidding for public sector contracts worth £14.5bn annually in Scotland. Simply, SDP is a free service to support Scottish SMEs, supported businesses and third sector organisations become “tender ready” for contracts.

Businesses of all sizes, particularly those that may be owned or led by women, minority, disabled and LGBTQ+ individuals, are invited to participate in a programme of free tender training webinars in 2022.

These events are designed to raise awareness and get suppliers ‘tender ready’ for future contract opportunities. A range of resources, tools, and expert guidance on how businesses, social enterprises and supported businesses can work with NHSGGC and NHS Lanarkshire will be provided - free.

For further information about this project, please contact SDP via email at info@sdpscotland.co.uk.

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